(Closed) Help Settle This Debate – Rental Question!

posted 4 years ago in Home
  • poll: Who is right here - DH or me? (read the situation below)
    I'm right - It is okay to ask renters to not use the master bedroom and bathroom. : (23 votes)
    27 %
    DH is right - We shouldn't limit what areas of the home they can use. : (57 votes)
    67 %
    You're both wrong and I'll tell you what you ought to do instead below. : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Obligatory Other : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    10509 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I don’t know if it’s a good idea to let the sink and toilet just sit for a year without being used.  That’s one thing to think about.

    What about allowing them to use it, but not set up personally?  You know, have a handtowel and soap in there, but not all their toiletries, etc?

    Post # 4
    3887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    when they sign that lease, it’s their house for the year and you can’t put a third of it off-limits.

    Post # 5
    4373 posts
    Honey bee

    I think whatever you and the renters can agree on is ok. Some people rent only rooms out. You can see your rental agreement like that, where you are renting out 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and the common areas. 

    Post # 6
    9956 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012


    I have to agree with the points made by the Posters above me… AB Bride: & fishbone: & SoupyCat: as THEY ARE ALL VALID

    You can word the Rental Agreement however you like… including saying that the rooms for Rent are Bedroom B, C, and D

    BUT ultimately you’ll have very little control over the fact if someone chooses to “sleep over” in Bedroom A

    (I get where you are coming from…  as to your PRIVATE SPACE … that would gross me out too… )

    You might want to just bite the bullet, charge more for rent… and lol, put aside a portion of it to cover things when you return home (beyond general maintenance)


    Paint – Things that get damaged by the Renters (and this will happen) – a NEW Mattress – and some Sheeets, Towels, Linens etc (if you are leaving those behind too)

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 8
    3042 posts
    Sugar bee

    Personally I find it a bit silly to think of your bedroom as sacred, but I own a 100 year old house. Maybe you could not offer that room as furnished- store your bed & stuff in the garage. That way it is only the walls and floor that are absorbing nonsense by tenants?

    Post # 9
    9956 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @Mrs.KMM: a lock won’t really work, because as AB Bride: alluded to, there should be access to the space for air circulation, someone to flush the loo from time to time, turn on a tap, be able to visually SEE that all is well etc.

    If there was an issue, and you didn’t have someone who could have access to it (or had done something to prevent it)… then that could be an insurance issue… and you’d be SOOL if anything was to go wrong BIG TIME.

    I’d either rent out the whole place, or just 3 Bedrooms… with a “Gentleman’s Agreement” that they’ll respect your wishes…

    BUT just the same, I’d be saving up for things I’d want to change out once they were gone.

    Renters… even Friends… will NEVER take care of your stuff as well as you will… so be prepared to be disappointed on that front (and have a kitty to cover that stuff sadly… )

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 10
    1603 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    If you’re going to rent out your house, it needs to be the whole house. If you’re not comfortable with that, you probably shouldn’t be renting it out. If you want to increase the rent to account for the extra space, I think that’s fine. But yeah, not okay to have parts of the house be “off limits”.

    Post # 11
    10368 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Your utilities are $550 a month?! Wow. I’ve never had to pay to cool almost 3000 sq ft though, so there you go!

    I think you can do whatever you want, but I do think it is really weird to keep the master bedroom off limits. If they aren’t sleeping in your bed, and the place is professionally cleaned before you move back in, I don’t see the issue?

    Post # 12
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You can write whatever you want in the rental agreement.  You just have to find someone to agree to it.  

    Personally, I kind of get what you’re saying IF you’re leaving it furnished/decorated the way you guys have it- it would be sort of weird having someone else live in that space. And there is plenty of space left for them to use. But I also don’t know if your friends would think it’s fine.  Most people aren’t like that- back when I was babysitting overnight I slept in the master (2 bdr apt) and it was nbd.  Since it sounds like you have a fair amount of free money, why not take all the furniture/stuff out of the master so it’s basically just bare walls and curtains, and put that stuff in a storage unit for the duration?  Once you get it cleaned and move your stuff back in, it won’t feel like anyone else has been there. 

    And definitely don’t put a lock on the door- PP are right that you would be SCREWED if something happened and the renters couldn’t get repairmen in to take care of it.  

    Post # 14
    9692 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mrs.KMM:  As a landlord (who does rent to strangers), you are perfectly within your rights to rent out rooms or select spaces as opposed to the whole house (one house I rent is a triplex and it is very clearly divided). It would be tough since they would technically have “access” to that space, but just include a line in the lease about it (please sign a lease – friends or not).

    The rental properities I rent out, I will never live in. I don’t consider them “home” or have any emotional attachment to any of the spaces. I can completely understand why you wouldn’t want someone in “your” space, especially because you will be coming back. If it was a straight rental property, I’m sure you wouldn’t care, but since it will still remain your family home, I would make the same decision (especially because you are not even breaking even with the rent, let alone making a profit).

    Post # 16
    7908 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @Mrs.KMM:  I’ve rented vacation homes before where parts of the house were locked off, but those parts weren’t included in the rental description or agreement. No problem.

    I think you are perfectly within your right to do this provided that your rent is still fair market value for the size home you are now renting out. At 1100 furnished with utilities included, its obviously well below market.

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